13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Swellendam
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Boston

3
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Get some cultural insight at Jandreart Studio and Holy Trinity Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Featherbed Nature Reserve. When in Knysna, make a side trip to see Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre in The Crags, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, stop by Metelerkamps, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip builder.

Boston, USA to Knysna is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Knysna. Traveling from Boston in August, things will get little chillier in Knysna: highs are around 67°F and lows about 52°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

4
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Magpie Gallery and Drostdy Museum. Get some historical perspective at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church and Old Apostolic Church. Explore Swellendam's surroundings by going to Esona Boutique Wine (in Robertson), Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios (in Barrydale) and Platform 62 (in Ashton). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, stop by Die Biltong Boetiek, and browse the exhibits of IBIS Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Swellendam vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Swellendam takes 3 hours. Traveling from Knysna in August, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Swellendam. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montagu, Barrydale, Platform 62, Esona Boutique Wine Estate
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Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Franschhoek Motor Museum and South African Jewish Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Biscuit Mill and District Six Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, explore and take pictures at Robben Island, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town itinerary builder.

You can drive from Swellendam to Cape Town in 2.5 hours. In September in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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